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Western-Backed Coalition: Saudi Diplomat and War Crimes

western-backed coalition: The U.N. panel also pointed to possible war crimes by the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels who have been fighting the coalition that gets support from the U.S., Britain and France, according to The Chronicle Herald. In one of the first reactions to the report, a Saudi diplomat told The Associated Press that the findings were not accurate. Their report the first since being mandated to investigate by the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council nearly a year ago is increasing international pressure on the Saudis' Western-backed coalition that already has been widely condemned for devastating airstrikes on civilians as well as combatants. In 2015, Saudi Arabia announced it would lead a coalition of countries against the Houthi rebels who had ousted Yemen's internationally recognized government. The experts documented 6,475 deaths from March 2015 until last June, but said the real figure is likely to be significantly higher. In the years since then, the U.N. says the conflict has become the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people in desperate need in what is already the Arab world's poorest country. ( As reported in the news.